In a brief and informal interview, Charles Amirkhanian talks with Dutch filmmaker Frank Scheffer about his most recent film “Edgard Varèse: The One All Alone,” which had it’s U. S. premier in San Francisco on April 19, 2010, as part of a fundraiser for Other Minds. Scheffer reminisces about his first trip to San Francisco in 1980, when he was one of the few people able to interview director Francis Ford Coppola about the future of cinema. Scheffer also discusses the Varèse film and how... Topics: Other Minds, Interview, Frank Scheffer, Avant-Garde, Motion picture directors
Moderator Derk Richarson facilitates a session with composer Cheryl Leonard, who talks about her work utilizing materials from nature as musical instruments, and performs several excerpts from longer pieces with her own chamber ensemble. Amplifying everything from pine cones, pieces of driftwood, rock, sand, water, and other natural objects, Leonard composes works that are surprisingly textured and full of unusual rhythms. During this program she talks about how she finds or builds her... Topics: ROVA, Improv:21, Avant-Garde, Unconventional Instruments, Interview and Music, Cheryl Leonard
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Rhys Chatham before a select audience gathered at a private residence in San Francisco on June 8, 2013. Chatham was visiting the Bay Area to attend a special preview event held on June 7, 2013 during which several of his compositions for guitar ensemble were presented, and which served as a teaser and fund raiser for the then upcoming performance of his “A Secret Rose,” a work scored for 100 guitarists. Chatham was born in New York City, the son of... Topics: Other Minds, Rhys Chatham, Interview, A Secret Rose, Avant-garde, Popular music
Following the Other Minds sponsored, U. S. premiere of the film “Edgard Varèse: The One All Alone,” held in San Francisco on April 19, 2010, Charles Amirkhanian talks with the film’s director, Frank Scheffer, and Varèse’s student and protégé, the Chinese composer Chou Wen-Chung. Dutch director Scheffer makes it clear that his film is not an attempt to visually interpret Varèse’s music, something that he would consider impossible and ill-advised. However he does talk of the... Topics: Other Minds, Edgar Varese, Frank Scheffer, Chou Wen-chung, lecture, Panel Discussion, Avant-Garde,...
Taking questions directly from the audience and extrapolating from there, composer, saxophonist, Tzadik record label owner, and MacArthur Fellow John Zorn, talks about his work and the avant-garde music scene as he sees it. Joined by moderator Larry Ochs of the ROVA Saxopone Quartet and percussionist William Winant, Zorn discusses a number of topics including the use of texts in musical compositions; the influence of Judaism on his music; the process of composing 300 tunes in a matter of... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: ROVA: Improv:21: Interview and Music, Avant-Garde, Free Improvisation, John Zorn